Update: Rossy declines settlement offer

By Deb Murphy

Today, Dawndee Rossy turned down the settlement offer of eight years in state prison made Wednesday by Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy. Rossy is on trial for allegedly embezzling $1.5 million from the county Department of Health and Human Services Public Assistance Program.

Dawndee Rossy

Dawndee Rossy

The trial has been continued until February 22, allowing appointed Judge Phillip Argento time to research a legal issue that was brought up Thursday morning.

Hardy and defense attorney David Evans agreed to a stipulation, but Rossy did not agree. The legal issue is whether a stipulation could be accepted by the court if both attorneys agreed but the defendant did not. He told the court he had run into a similar issue once in the last 30 years and needed time to do the legal research.

Hardy read portions of the stipulation into the court record, identifying 13 individuals, living either out of the area or out of state. The stipulation is that those alleged victims did not receive assistance from nor did they live in Inyo County during the time frame the crimes are alleged to have been committed.

If Argento rules that the defendant has to agree, Hardy will have to make arrangements to call those witnesses. “While arranging to bring in the witnesses,” he said, “we may need more time” beyond February 22. Hardy also withdrew the settlement offer.

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Maddawg
Maddawg
6 years ago

Guess what Roy? There was no paper trail! Nothing, zilch, zero!! Now what?

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
6 years ago
Reply to  Maddawg

Maddawg….no paper trail ?…..are you following the same Rossy case as the rest of us are here ??

Karen Rotchstein
Karen Rotchstein
6 years ago

Why are we still paying extra taxes for a hospital ( Southern Inyo) and paramedics? Why are we fined for other people’s thievery? Is this so they have something to steal? We want justice not apologies. An apology is not an accountability. This is a widespread problem in our local… Read more »

Maureen McClain
Maureen McClain
6 years ago

Good for her! I do not know if she is guilty or not. I know how lazy detectives can be. And, I am really questioning the convictions of these women over the last few years over white collar crimes, and yet your friendly neighborhood pedophile in Crowley Lake, Joe Walker… Read more »

roger
roger
6 years ago

Maureen, I wish I could “like” your comment more than once. I really question

the general population thinking they are civilized.

Wondering
Wondering
6 years ago

Joe Walker is out? Seriously?

roger
roger
6 years ago
Reply to  Wondering

Wondering, Yes. With a mild slap on the wrist- to me it magnifies the

disparity between various civil crimes and the twisted felony

committed by walker.

Roy
Roy
6 years ago

In all my years of investigating hundreds of embezzlement and fraud cases I always loved it when questioning a suspect, I would ask then how they could explain the huge amount of money they were depositing in bank accounts, buying luxury items, credit card bills in the thousands, trips to… Read more »

tm
tm
6 years ago
Reply to  Roy

Hi Roy, I am in San Diego right now dealing with my mother’s death. Since I am administrator of estate, I need to pay bills .One of the bills is from Health and Human Services. I have requested an itemized statement from Health and Human Services, and they refuse to… Read more »

Roy
Roy
6 years ago
Reply to  tm

Wish I could help you but I have never had a investigation that concerned health care. If you are referring to Medicare type claims I know they are very very slow…I just got in the mail yesterday a Medicare statement from services rendered 9 months ago… If you should recall… Read more »

tm
tm
6 years ago
Reply to  Roy

Thank you for your reply, Roy.

Anna
Anna
6 years ago
Reply to  Roy

But, what if the money was spent on drugs?

Karen Rotchstein
Karen Rotchstein
6 years ago

Health and Human Resources is federal. Why is this being treated as a misdemeanor? A family affair ? These things happen in Inyo County. A continuing problem.

Roy
Roy
6 years ago

These are felony crimes not misdemeanors

earl duran
earl duran
6 years ago

Make her wear a sigh around her neck, and stand on main street, and face the public, and try to pay back the money.

Trouble
Trouble
6 years ago

Gee Lower Inyo, its almost like she has family in the Bishop justice system? But what do I know?

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
6 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble…..Don’t know about that,but the way our Justice system works nowdays,little wonder why crime runs rampid in the bigger cities and Nationwide…usually not much consequences for ones actions…lawyers able to plea-bargin down to nothing….just the other day watched a forensic files where a guy killed a girl,found guilty,sentenced to 35… Read more »

Hailey
Hailey
6 years ago

I’m glad she is taking her case to trial, and she should. Maybe the truth will come out about what is really going on in Inyo County. Your county officials wont tell you, and even if they did, most of you would believe whatever you hear. I have respect for… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
6 years ago
Reply to  Hailey

You bring up some good points Hailey. I believe our county is one of only a rare few that actually does not let our grand jury get involve with criminal justice. Giving our DA way to much control over our justice system in my personnel opinion.

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
6 years ago
Reply to  Hailey

Hailey…..or maybe it’s just continuing to put off the inevitable (if she is “allegedly) guilty..like what’s been going on with this case for the past two or three years…..if I were innocent of a crime,what I would do is want to go to trial quickly,clear my name,and get on with… Read more »

Warpaint
Warpaint
6 years ago

Tinner- if I said something that is not true please correct me. If your comment is about your perception of my comment, we’ll then your providing nothing to this discussion of any substance.

Trouble
Trouble
6 years ago

I still believe we should only cage the violent.

Curious
Curious
6 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Hey Trouble – I’m curious to know what you think the consequences or punishment should be for someone who, if found guilty, embezzled this much money? Obviously (well, hopefully obviously) the guilty party should have to re-pay the amount stolen plus interest. But what else should happen to them in… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
6 years ago
Reply to  Curious

Glad you asked Curious. First off please keep in mind that I am only talking about none violent crimes. Personally I dont see any good out of locking up or as I call it caging people to supposedly ” pay off their det to society “. Hell we all pay… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
6 years ago
Reply to  Curious

Curious….there would be a bevy of crimes allowed in “Troubles world” allowed with no jail or prison time to worry about……burglary and breaking into homes,as long as the burglar is lucky enough not to break into the wrong house when someone might be home and wake up during the break-in… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
6 years ago
Reply to  Curious

Bernie Madoff’s sentence came out to 3 days per million dollars. 150 years total.

Wondering
Wondering
7 years ago

Hmmmm continued…..surprise surprise surprise….

Mono Person
Mono Person
7 years ago

She is making Inyo County spend even more money….

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

Forget about our jail system, make them Pay it back.

Rick OB
Rick OB
6 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

If she could live for 200 years, she STILL would never be able to even make a dent in the debt she has created. Once she does her prison time and she’s off parole or probation, there”s nothing more they can do to her . That’s the reality, sorry to… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
6 years ago
Reply to  Rick OB

I agree Rick. But my way ,at least she would have to pay back some of it . Your way we pay all of it. Who’s really getting punishished ? The girl with one point five million ?

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago

…..and here come more delays…now I’m thinking more lake late 2016 or early 2017 before anything gets resolved,whether it’s guilty or not guilty… maybe even longer.

Warpaint
Warpaint
7 years ago

Its apparent that there is a lot more to this case than meets the eye.

Get your popcorn ready. I have a suspicion this could open a Pandoras box for the county of inyo.

Warpaint
Warpaint
7 years ago

First of all she didn’t admit to what they allege. The D.A. took the the admission and turned it into 1.5 millions Here how the judicial system for works. 1. Arrest 2. Arraignment. Judge asks you to say guilty or not guilty. She says not guilty 3. Preliminary hearing 4.… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
7 years ago
Reply to  Warpaint

Warpaint, where would the world be without you? Get off yourself.